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Prof. Tony Ingraffea to give lecture at the Mal McLaren Lecture Series

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Unconventional Development of Gas From Shale Using Fracking

Professor Tony Ingraffea will be giving a lecture on February 13th, at the Mal McLaren Lecture Series during Engineer's Week. The details of his lecture are below:

Course Title: Unconventional Development of Gas From Shale Using Fracking - 2 PDH - Course Number: NY

The presentation will illustrate and compare existing and/or planned fracking projects in New York, Pennsylvania and the vicinity. A review of the fracking process will be given followed by discussion of statistical and monitoring data of fracking projects in New York and Pennsylvania. Potential opportunities to provide engineering services and inspections will be identified by presenting fracking equipment issues that require safety monitoring and site planning challenges that require engineering design and environmental assessments. 

In this presentation, Dr. Ingraffea will also explain the connections among the mechanics, solid and fluid, of rock fracture with the technologies of hydraulic fracture stimulation, and will further demonstrate how these “connections are fundamental drivers of the overall spatial intensity, environmental impacts, and economics of the development of this non-renewable energy resource.” 

Dr. Ingraffea's research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes. He and his students performed pioneering research in the use of interactive computer graphics in computational mechanics. Anthony Ingraffea holds a BS in Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an MS in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University, and received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado.

To read more about his lecture or the lecture series event, visit the Mal McLaren Lecture Series page.

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